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IDeally I'd like to get a motor at some point. This gives you more flexibility to fly wherever and whenever (assuming weather / etc. are OK)

Kind of a cool clip in CO

 

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IDeally I'd like to get a motor at some point. This gives you more flexibility to fly wherever and whenever (assuming weather / etc. are OK)

Kind of a cool clip in CO


Now that is cool! right up my alley! Cruising around tree top level seems like a ton of fun.

I would imagine if something goes wrong at high altitude a reserve may not be enough to bring all the weight down safely.
 

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Now that is cool! right up my alley! Cruising around tree top level seems like a ton of fun.

I would imagine if something goes wrong at high altitude a reserve may not be enough to bring all the weight down safely.

They are all based on weight. The motors add about 50 lb, I think, to the glider. When I buy my next glider, I am going to get on ethat is big enough that I can add a motor on later .

The cool thing about the motor IMO is that I can go down to the local soccer field and just buzz off assuming the wind is OK. With a paraglider you can stay aloft for a while (I've flown as long as 3 hours) but you are stuck where the lift is. I've mostly done mountain soaring where the wind is coming up a hill and basically the air moving up the hill is faster than the glide ratio of the paraglider, thus, Soaring!
 

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Went today, got of the 250' launch, still waiting on the 450 :/ I did take some video and will post later but the camera was aimed too low .. damnit!
 

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Here is just a raw cut of the video from the 250'. The camera was down, that last bit i was pretty much coasting down the entire hill about 5' off the deck.

 

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Nice! I wanna try SO bad!

I don't think the hill near me is actively giving lessons or taking flights. I have been to the top a couple times and the slope doesn't look maintained. Things seem a bit over grown making the take off very narrow. Nothing like what I see in your video.
 

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This hill is definitely a beginner hill, it's super wide and pretty shallow pitch for easy running, and they mow it regularly. It's perfect for learning.
 

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Nice! I wanna try SO bad!

I don't think the hill near me is actively giving lessons or taking flights. I have been to the top a couple times and the slope doesn't look maintained. Things seem a bit over grown making the take off very narrow. Nothing like what I see in your video.


What is the hill near you?
 

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Since I live in Utah now I've have much more paragliding opportunities. I've been flying both a full sized PG and one about half the size (mini wing/speedwing) and have got a few ski launched flights in as well.

I'm hoping to be able to fly when I come back home this summer, judging by previous posts it looks like there's an active community up north.

 
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Since I live in Utah now I've have much more paragliding opportunities. I've been flying both a full sized PG and one about half the size (mini wing/speedwing) and have got a few ski launched flights in as well.

I'm hoping to be able to fly when I come back home this summer, judging by previous posts it looks like there's an active community up north.


Holy OLD thread!
 

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Since I live in Utah now I've have much more paragliding opportunities. I've been flying both a full sized PG and one about half the size (mini wing/speedwing) and have got a few ski launched flights in as well.

I'm hoping to be able to fly when I come back home this summer, judging by previous posts it looks like there's an active community up north.


Awesome .....combining it with skiing !!!
 
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So how's Ooooootah so far?
Utah is pretty cool. It's like CO but more accessible, everything is just a lot closer. Wasn't a great ski season by Utah standards, but it was by CO standards which I've grown accustomed to.

Paragliding is awesome too, there's a few spots where you can even get lift served access.

Traffic and smog sucks but overall it's a win!

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